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leno

[lee-noh]
noun, plural le·nos.
  1. Also called leno weave, gauze weave. a weave structure in which paired warp yarns are intertwined in a series of figure eights and filling yarn is passed through each of the interstices so formed, producing a firm, open mesh.
  2. any fabric in this weave.
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adjective
  1. made in leno weave.
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Origin of leno

1850–55; perhaps Anglicized variant of French linon lawn, derivative of lin linen (< Latin līnum flax)
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  • When gauze is combined with plain weaving it is styled “leno.”

    Textiles

    William H. Dooley

  • Leno answers very well, but is somewhat easily torn, and will have to be frequently renewed.

    The Sea Shore

    William S. Furneaux

  • The mouth of the bottle should be covered with gauze or leno, and a bit of moistened sugar put on the top outside.

  • A thin cotton fabric, woven in the same way, is known as leno, to distinguish it from muslin made by plain weaving.

  • He looked up from the piece of leno he was smoothing out, and saw he was alone in the shop.

    Mary Marston

    George MacDonald


British Dictionary definitions for leno

leno

noun plural -nos
  1. (in textiles) a weave in which the warp yarns are twisted together in pairs between the weft or filling yarns
  2. a fabric of this weave
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Word Origin

C19: probably from French linon lawn, from lin flax, from Latin līnum. See linen

Leno

noun
  1. Dan, original name George Galvin. 1860–1904, British music-hall entertainer, noted esp for his pantomime performances: he died insane
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